Guillén says Oakland won’t help build Trump’s ‘big, beautiful wall’

Oakland Councilmember Abel Guillén‘s plan
to stymie Trump’s wall will be heard Mar. 14.

OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL
If President Trump’s ballyhooed wall on the southern border is ever constructed, it will have been done without the help of companies doing business with the city of Oakland, according to a council resolution authored by Councilmember Abel Guillén.

“A government should reflect the values and goals of the community it serves. Oakland has historically been and remains today a diverse community, with a great many of its residents having come as immigrants and refugees from all corners of the globe,” said Guillén.

“With this ban, the City of Oakland is taking a practical stand against a wall that is morally repugnant, economically unwise and unlikely to make our nation any more secure.”

President Donald Trump

Guillén, who represents Oakland’s District 2 in areas east of Lake Merritt, hopes other jurisdictions will join his proposed ban, also sponsored by Oakland Council President Larry Reid.

“It is therefore appropriate and consistent for the City of Oakland to limit and prohibit entering into financial contracts, partnerships and investment with individuals, companies and financial institutions that participate in the enterprise of building Trump’s wall,” he added.

The resolution to be heard at next Tuesday’s Oakland City Council Finance and Management Committee meeting would cover bans on companies seeking city contracts who also perform work on the wall that includes construction, engineering, IT, banking, subcontractors and security, among other services.

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